Analysts Outlook: Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN)

Jay Anderson
May 18, 2017

The stock of Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) hit a new 52-week high and has $27.44 target or 4.00% above today's $26.38 share price. Analysts predict that Huntsman Co. will post $2.12 earnings per share for the current fiscal year. The company has a market cap of $6.40 billion, a P/E ratio of 18.65 and a beta of 2.61. Experts say the higher the value, the better, as it means that the free cash flow is high, or the variability of free cash flow is low or both. Looking at this figure it suggests that the shares of Huntsman Corporation (HUN) may be overvalued, however, this can also depend upon the situation of the market; if the market is strong then it could suggest that Huntsman Corporation (HUN) is a good investment, however if the market is weaker then it could suggest that the shares are undervalued. The stock witnessed 12.62% gains, 24.27% gains and 43.28% gains for the 1-month, 3-month and 6-month period, respectively. The firm's 50-day moving average is $24.70 and its 200 day moving average is $21.43.

Huntsman Corp (NYSE:HUN)'s trailing twelve month revenues are $9.77 Billion, whereas its price to sales ratio for the same period is 0.65.

Earnings per share (EPS) breaks down the profitability of the company on a single share basis, and for Huntsman Corporation the EPS stands at 0.57 for the previous quarter, while the analysts predicted the EPS of the stock to be 0.38, suggesting the stock exceeded the analysts' expectations. These shares are worth $2,552,000 and were traded at $25.52 each. However the company reported $0.53 earnings per share for the same quarter during previous year. The analysts estimated EPS for the higher end at 0.8 and lower end at 0.54 while the year ago reported earnings per share was 0.57. Equities research analysts forecast that Huntsman Co. will post $2.13 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 30th. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, June 13th.

We also note that Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) has a Shareholder Yield of 0.013246 and a Shareholder Yield (Mebane Faber) of 0.11078.

In recent action, Huntsman Corporation (HUN) has made a move of +12.80% over the past month, which has come on Strong relative transaction volume.

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HUN has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Instinet reissued a "positive" rating and set a $26.00 price objective (up from $25.00) on shares of Huntsman in a report on Tuesday, March 28th. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company's stock. Huntsman has a consensus rating of "Buy" and an average price target of $27.00.

In other news, VP Russell R. Stolle sold 27,593 shares of the company's stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, April 5th. Teachers Advisors LLC raised its stake in Huntsman by 6.8% in the third quarter. The stock has been active on the tape, now trading at $26.70, up from yesterday's close by 1.41%. LSV Asset Management increased its stake in shares of Huntsman by 0.8% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc owns $567.84 million in Huntsman Corporation, which represents roughly 8.96% of the company's market cap and approximately 11.94% of the institutional ownership. BlackRock Fund Advisors boosted its position in Huntsman by 3.8% in the third quarter. New York State Teachers Retirement System now owns 17,600 shares of the basic materials company's stock valued at $432,000 after buying an additional 100 shares in the last quarter.

In other news, insider Jon M. Huntsman sold 100,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, April 25th. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 93,351 shares of the company's stock, valued at $2,324,439.90.

There is a large variety of Financial Ratios that can be considered while making an investment decision but here in the case of Huntsman Corporation (HUN), we will discuss a few. The Firm operates all of its businesses through its subsidiary, Huntsman International LLC. The Firm operates through five divisions: Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials, Textile Effects, and Pigments and Additives. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.66, for a total value of $2,466,000.00. The third largest holder is Blackrock Inc., which now holds $263.84 million worth of this stock and that ownership represents almost 4.16% of its market capitalization.

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